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Welcome to the Third Generation V6 F-Body Modifications Encyclopedia! This guide will help you locate aftermarket performance products that fit your engine. There are dozens of products made for your car and this guide will provide a part number, price, and where to buy it. This guide is divided into several sections based on the product type you are interested in. Use the navigation bar on the left to quickly find information about a variety of performance upgrades. Once you have found an upgrade and you are about to place an order, ask about it on our Message Board to see what other members have to say about that particular product.

 

Throttle Body Coolant Bypass

Intake

Exhaust

Computer Tuning

160° Thermostat

Camshaft

Underdrive Pulley

Shift Kit

Kickdown Kit

Differential

Ignition

Spark Plug Wires

Spark Plugs

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Intake:

An engine with a high amount of airflow is important when considering modifications. Once you replace your stock intake system, you will be surprised how little the small the opening is that picks up the air.

There is only one intake available for our engines. I recommend that you make your own. It is very easy and is a fraction of the price of buying a professional intake.

  • Click here for directions on how to make your own intake.
  • SLP Cold Air Intake- This intake requires a little modification for it to work properly (ie: you'll need to drill a hole for the air sensor).  This intake will cost $189 and is available directly from SLP's website, part # 21010.

  • Exhaust:

    Along with intakes, exhaust upgrades are important for your engine. Exhaust systems give you an increase in horsepower and a more aggressive, louder sounding car.

    Full Catbacks:

  • Dynomax:  This catback features a 2.5" intermediate pipe.  Some people prefer the less aggressive sound compared to the Flowmaster.  Part # 17493, available from Summit Racing

  • High Flow Catalytic Converters:

    Stock catalytic converters can be restrictive in the amount of air that passes through the exhaust system, hurting performance. A high flow catalytic converter will eliminate that problem, allowing your engine to "breathe" easier and perform better.

  • Catco:  Part # 4115
  • Dynomax: Part # 15735

  • Mufflers:

  • Flowmaster 40 Series:  This is probably the loudest exhaust you can get for your car.  The only disadvantage is that it is a single outlet muffler.  Part # 942443.
  • Flowmaster 80 Series:  This one is not as loud as the 40 series, but has a deeper tone.  Comes with dual outlets.  Part # 42583.

     


  • Computer Tuning:

    Benefits of chip reprogramming include removal of the top speed governor, adjustment of shift points for cars with automatic transmissions, removal or adjustment of top rpm limiters in cars with manual transmissions, adjustment of speedometer and odometer due to gear changes, and advancement of piston timing for increased horsepower. Placing a chip in your car requires you to use higher octane fuel to get the full (or any) benefit of the chip. It is recommended that you make the computer chip one of your last modifications because after adding some mods such as a camshaft, headers, supercharger, or nitrous, you will need a different custom programmed chip.

    Note: Since there are different chips depending on your engine and transmission, visit the manufacture's web site for part numbers


    160° Thermostat:

    Running your engine at a slightly colder temperature improves power output and decreases detonation.

  • Hypertech PowerStat - This part number is HYP-1006 and you can get it for under $15 from Summit Racing . It works fine on any 3.4, 3.1, or 2.8 from 1982-1995
  • Jet Thermostat - Part numbers vary so check out Jet Chip for details.


  • Camshaft

    Using a more aggressive camshaft is a great way to gain horsepower and torque. Crane makes a camshaft for our vehicles.

  • Crane PowerMax Camshaft - The part number for this product is CRN-254122 and you can get it for $160 from Summit Racing . It works on any 3.4, 3.1, or 2.8 from 1982-1995


  • Underdrive Pulley

    An aftermarket underdrive pulley will allow your engine to work more efficiently, freeing up lost power. There are several underdrive pulleys to choose from.

  • ASP Pulley Set - 25% Crank Pulley. Part # is 49-541800 and you can get it for $60 from Thunder Racing.
  • ASP Pulley Set - 25% Crank and 23% Alternator Set. The part number is 49-541801 and you can get it for $80 from Thunder Racing.
  • Jet Pulley Set - Crank, alternator, and a/c set. The part number is 90108 and you can get it for $85 from Jet Performance Products.

  • Shift Kits:

    Shift kits adjust the way your automatic transmission shifts gears. The two major shift kits for the V6 F-Body are made by TransGo and B&M.

  • TransGo Shift Kit - The TransGo is a true shift kit. The part number is TRG-700 from Summit and costs $130.
  • B&M Shift Plus - The B&M Shift Improver Kit is an electronic shift enhancer, not a true shift kit. This will fit any third generation automatic from 82 to 92. The part number is BMM-70239 from Summit and it costs $30. Check out B&M's website for more information.


  • Kickdown Kit

    Our Third Gen automatic V6's will downshift to third gear when there is more than halfway throttle. This kit will only downshift to third after 3/4 throttle allowing you to cruise at higher speeds in 4th gear.

  • B&M Kickdown Kit - This kit is part number BMM-70237 and costs $33.95 at Summit Racing.

  • Differentials:

    Third Generation V6's come standard with open differentials. This means that when you do a burnout, only one wheel, the passenger's side, will spin. This Eaton differential below will cause both wheels to try to grip the ground giving you better traction for launches and two wheel burnouts.

  • Eaton Differential - This differential fits cars with 3.23 and numerically higher gears (almost all V6's). Only some 1982-1983 V6's came with gears numerically lower than 3.23. It is part number is ETN-19599-010 and costs $439.95 at Summit Racing.

  • Ignition:

    Adding an aftermarket ignition will increase performance and allow your engine to run smoother at idle.

  • MSD 6A - This is the single best thing you can do to upgrade your car's ignition. This small electronic box allows far better control of the ignition and results in multiple sparks firing in one cycle. This, in turn, results in more complete combustion of fuel, lower emissions, smoother ride, and more horsepower. The MSD 6A part number is 6200 and sells for $131.95 at Summit Racing.
  • Note: As with most high performance upgrades, adding a digital ignition system alone is not enough. To fully feel its benefits you'll need stronger ignition coil inductors, high performance wires, and high performance spark plugs.


    Spark Plug Wires:

    From the ignition box current flows through your spark plug wires to the plugs themselves. As with any electrical current, a magnetic field builds up around the spark plug wires. GM wires are known to be flimsy and prone to magnetic interference, be it from radio signals or other modifications (this is what causes "engine noise", that whining you hear from your speakers if you have a high power stereo but stock plug wires). Adding a good set of high performance spark plug wires is a must if you plan on improving your ignition system.

  • Accel 8.8 mm - Here are some great wires which Accel claims to be among the most heat resistant wires made. Accel part number for the 1987-1992 F-Body kit is 8879. For a 1982-1984 F-Body, you will want part number 8862. You can pick them up at Summit Racing for about $45. For more information check out Accel's website.


  • Spark Plugs:

    There are too many different spark plugs to list here. Popular brands for high performance use are Bosch Platinum +4's, anything else platinum, and NGK.



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